A traditional facelift is carried out by a surgical procedure in which the patient is under general anesthesia. Generally, the procedure takes up to four hours but may take longer, depending on other procedures done with it. After the procedure, you may experience mild to moderate pain, but nothing that a pain medication can’t relieve. There will be drainage from incisions, swelling, and bruising too. The drainage tube under the skin, which is placed there during surgery, will be removed after a day or two of the procedure. After around three days of the surgery, bandages will be replaced by a compression garment. A week later, your stitches will be removed. After a couple of months, you may be able to go out. The effects achieved by a traditional facelift last around ten years.